Author: WCPerspective

WCPerspective

Buffalo and development junkie currently exiled in California.

Ellicott Development has added to its downtown portfolio. Ellicott’s 3279 Group LLC purchased the building housing Union Pub at 38 Swan Street yesterday from 38 Swan Street Buffalo LLC for $470,000. The property is situated across the street from Coca-Cola Field in between the Ellicott Square Building and ECC City Campus. 38 Swan is located next to the Swan Ramp that Ellicott Development is currently demolishing at 40 Swan Street. Together with a surface parking lot it owns at 285 Washington Street, Ellicott has assembled three properties with 203 feet of frontage along Swan Street encompassing half of an acre…

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The downtown area made great strides last decade where development and redevelopment work stretched from the Buffalo River corridor to the northern reaches of the Medical Campus.  Public sector investment and developers both large and small have helped change the face of downtown.  Below are ten projects that have had a big impact on the direction of downtown, not necessarily the largest or most expensive. PDF map here Genesee Gateway (2011) If there was a posterchild for neglected properties, it was the Genesee Block at the corner of Oak and Genesee streets, one of the first sights travelers see entering…

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I wrote the Decade of Progress post prior to the passing of Mark Croce. This weekend I reconsidered, but decided against, adding Statler City to the list of ten. Mark’s purchase of the property in March 2011 was a bold move. More-experienced local developers stood on the sidelines as the landmark was in receivership and threatened with demolition. Getting it back into local hands was instrumental in securing its future. That in and of itself was a ‘win.’ Croce planned a phased reuse of the building (see next post), starting with shoring up the exterior, replacing seven lower level roof…

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Looking back, 2019 was a good year for downtown area development. Residential construction is on a record-breaking pace, Douglas Jemal’s redevelopment of Seneca One received a giant boost from M&T Bank, Canalside construction is finally gaining traction, and development along the Buffalo River is heating up. Clearer Map PDF here Nine projects were completed in 2019, twenty-two are currently under construction, and seventeen were announced. With the curtain closed on 2019 and the decade, below is a recap of the development activity that occurred in the downtown area last year. RESIDENTIAL The appetite for downtown living will be tested in…

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Demolition of a non-descript parking ramp would generally be applauded, but is a surface lot any better? In a preservation district? In a downtown where most development has involved adaptive reuse and not ground-up construction? Can it be saved and is it worth saving? Those are a few of the issues the Preservation Board will likely be considering when it reviews a proposal by Ellicott Development to demolish 40-48 Swan Street, across from Sahlen Field and between ECC’s City Campus and the Ellicott Square Building. From Ellicott Development’s application to the Preservation Board: The three-story commercial parking ramp, fronting on…

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Work continues on People, Inc. and Sinatra & Company Real Estate’s on a $31 million affordable and supportive housing development at 1140 and 1162 Jefferson Avenue. Jefferson Avenue Apartments will include 89 affordable residences in two buildings with 16 units set aside for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. The ground floor of both buildings will contain a total of 16,500 square feet of commercial space. Amenities will include community rooms with kitchens and laundry rooms in both buildings, balconies for all apartments, a playground, and outdoor green space. The Arts Commission of Buffalo will provide art installations at the…

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In a significant win for the East Side, The Peyton Barlow Company is proposing renovations to the former Pollack & Blakemore furniture store at the northeast corner of Broadway and Madison Street.  Plans call for restoration of three buildings on the site (below), construction of an infill building on a vacant lot at 584 Broadway, and construction of a parking lot at 588 Broadway.  A mix of office, retail and residential space is planned along with 22 parking spaces.  Ashwood Architectural is designing the project. According to architect Jason Bennett, the exact number of tenants and occupancy types is still…

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Uniland Development has an anchor for its redevelopment project at 505 Ellicott Street- itself.  Uniland is branching into the co-working space market that with a business center that will encompass 32,000 sq.ft. of space.  There will be an additional 3,000 sq.ft. of space in the building earmarked for a deli, coffee shop or restaurant use, along with two apartments.  Uniland expects to open the facility by the end of the year.  Uniland has begun renovations to the former warehouse building where it will add a mezzanine level and overhaul its exterior. Uniland officials say they’ve seen a need for flexible…

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Dash’s on Hertel is opening next Wednesday.  The 47,500 sq.ft. new grocery store at the corner of Hertel and Starin avenues replaces a smaller Dash’s that was demolished next door. The first floor of the building has 32,000 sq.ft. and will house the new grocery store’s retail space and the second floor’s 15,500 sq.ft. contains an open eating area, offices, a community room, and virtual office space that will be able to be rented by the community. The building façade is intended to complement the current Hertel Avenue neighborhood design. The building features a radius corner façade, with brick corbelling,…

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Redevelopment of the C.W. Miller Livery Stable at 73 W. Huron Street as a second Emerson School of Hospitality is in high gear.  Mark Croce’s Buffalo Development Corporation is teaming up with McGuire Development on the nearly $40 million project that was designed by Kideney Architects. The C.W. Livery Stable, designed by Buffalo architects Lansing and Beierl and constructed between 1892 and 1894, is on the National Register of Historic Places.  The building features unusual engineering due to it being constructed on an historic creek bed.  The weight of the building’s floors are supported by roof girders; each floor is…

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